Rondon defends Rafa’s tactics

London, Aug 27 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/27/2018 11:48:06 AM IST

Salomon Rondon has backed Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez over his decision to defend deep in their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

Chelsea needed an 87th-minute winner courtesy of a DeAndre Yedlin own goal, but Benitez was heavily criticised by the Super Sunday panel after his side recorded just 19 per cent possession, with Jamie Redknapp calling the tactics “embarrassing”. 

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri expressed his surprise at Benitez’s tactics, which the Newcastle boss blamed on injuries to key players such as Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles.

Rondon, who was making his full debut for the Magpies after joining on loan for the season from West Brom, insisted he and his team-mates had done what they had to do. “When you play against teams like this, you try not to concede goals,” he said. “We did that in the first half, but in the second, we conceded a penalty and an own goal then they get the three points.”


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